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A Strange Fruit with Incredible Benefits



Although they may not know it, tea drinkers are very familiar with this strange looking orange. The oil from the rind of the fruit is extracted and infused with black tea to create Earl Grey, and is what gives the tea its unique aroma and flavor. But why are we talking about tea and strange fruits?

This is called a bergamot, and it is a citrus fruit found in the Calabria region of southern Italy and it is known for its many health benefits. The essential oils found in the peel of the bergamot have been used in some cases to reduce anxiety, stress, and even depression. The plant compounds called flavonoids act as relaxants and can stimulate the relaxing properties of dopamine and serotonin, which are important neurotransmitters. These relaxing properties apply to muscles and nerves as well, so bergamot oil can sometimes help relieve cramps and painful muscle spasms.

In addition to the essential oils found in the peel of the bergamot, its fruit is also packed with valuable health benefits. One of the most noteworthy properties of this fruit is its high polyphenol content. Polyphenols have an antioxidant effect similar to wine, red berries, and other superfoods, which may help prevent cardiovascular disease by lowering damaging LDL cholesterol while raising HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol).  Studies have also shown that bergamot has been effective for some people in managing blood sugar and in improving cardiovascular health in general.

If you are considering using this supplement to treat your symptoms or are unsure if you want to try it, you can always schedule a nutritional consultation at our office to talk about your options. While it has many health benefits, bergamot may not be effective for everyone so it is important to consult a doctor before taking this or any supplement.

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